2 LPs on 1 CD: STACKED DECK (1975) & TOO STUFFED TO JUMP (1976).
Amazing Rhythm Aces: Russell Smith (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Butch McDade (vocals, drums); Barry "Byrd" Burton (electric & pedal steel guitars, mandolin, autoharp, background vocals); Billy Earheart (piano, organ); James Hooker (piano, background vocals); Jeff Davis (bass, background vocals).
Recorded in 1975 & 1976. Originally released on ABC (LP 913/LP 940).
Personnel: Russell Smith (vocals, harmonica, background vocals); Barry "Byrd" Burton (guitar, dobro, autoharp, mandolin, background vocals); Billy Earheart III (piano, organ); James Hooker (piano, background vocals); Butch McDade (drums, percussion, background vocals); Jeff Davis (background vocals).
Audio Remasterer: Vic Anesini.
Liner Note Author: Scott Schinder.
Recording information: Sam Phillips Recording Studio, Memphis, TN.
The group's first two LPs assembled together on one CD from Collectors' Choice -- there are no notes, but the original artwork is recreated with full music credits, and beautiful, state-of-the-art sound. The band's music has aged well, and although their master tapes evidently no longer reside with the ABC library (which is part of MCA-Universal), they haven't been lost track of either, to judge from the good results here. ~ Bruce Eder
No Depression (7-8/00, p.97) - "...Tasty morsels abound....Their studio precision and insightful writing made them almost a Southern Steely Dan, more soulful or less clever depending on your tastes..."